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July 2006

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Global harmonization of regulations for medical devices
The 10th annual Global Harmonization Task Force1 (GHTF) Conference was held last month in Germany to discuss "Design for Patient Safety in a Global Regulatory Model". 27 July 2006 Deutsch

Malaysian cancer centre offers high-precision radiotherapy with Varian's Trilogy accelerator
The NCI Cancer Hospital in Nilai can now offer the latest in high-precision radiotherapy techniques, including intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery. 26 July 2006

US approval for Abbott's fully automated blood screening tests for hepatitis
Abbott has received approval from the US FDA for its Prism hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and its Prism HBsAg confirmatory test. These tests can be used to screen donated blood for HBsAg. 26 July 2006

First electronic record products certified for use in USA
The first round of ambulatory electronic healthcare record products (EHRs) have been certified by the US Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). This removes a significant barrier to widespread adoption of electronic health records in the USA. 25 July 2006

Bluetooth biosensing wristwatch monitors heart rate, activity and emotions
Exmovere LLC, has launched a Bluetooth-enabled biosensor wristwatch service in the USA for monitoring the elderly to aid in their care. The Exmocare wristwatch monitors pulse, heart rate variability, skin conductance and level of activity. 25 July 2006

Schering and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals collaborate to develop imaging agents to detect Alzheimer's disease
Imaging agents made by Avid directly bind to the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Schering will have the option to assume exclusive rights to these for use with PET scanning technology. 25 July 2006

Poole Hospital installs E.Novation's radiology information browser
Poole Hospital NHS Trust in England has become the fifth UK client for E.Novation's radiology information system viewer. The new viewer can display legacy radiology information using a web browser. 25 July 2006

Boston Scientific launches iLab for ultrasound imaging within heart and blood vessels
The system can be directly installed into the cardiac catheterization lab or radiology suite and give rapid access to images for diagnosis. 25 July 2006

Parkinson’s disease patients benefit from expert management of deep brain stimulation
Patients with Parkinson’s disease who are undergoing deep brain stimulation treatment may benefit from the direct involvement of a neurologist with expertise both in movement disorders and in deep brain stimulation. 23 July 2006

Imaging technology identifies compounds that can fight tumours
Using a newly developed drug screen and combining molecular imaging techniques with human cancer cell culture, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered small-molecule compounds that can perform the functions of a tumour-killing gene commonly mutated in many types of cancer. 21 July 2006

Microchip in brain enables thoughts to control computer
A study on people with severe paralysis has found that signals in the area of the brain responsible for voluntary movement can be picked up by a microchip embedded in the brain, transmitted to a computer and converted into simple actions.  21 July 2006

Agfa to integrate radiology and PACS in 15 Norwegian hospitals
The Western Norway Regional Health Authority, Helse Vest, has selected Agfa HealthCare, along with partner eCare, to integrate patient radiology information from 15 private and public hospitals in the region. 19 July 2006

Sony designs cutting-edge audiovisual solution for Dundee dental education centre
The Postgraduate Education Centre at Dundee Dental Hospital and School will have a state-of-the-art audiovisual system designed and supplied by Sony Professional Services. Live demonstrations can be transmitted direct to the lecture theatre or even overseas, enabling remote learning. 19 July 2006

Smiths Medical to supply temperature management products to US healthcare alliance
Smiths Medical, part of UK-based Smiths Group, has been awarded participation in a multi-million dollar contract with Premier Purchasing Partners group purchasing organization (GPO). 19 July 2006

Varian introduces digital X-ray detector for medical, and semiconductor markets
Varian Medical Systems has launched the PaxScan 1313, designed for low-cost, high-quality X-ray imaging. Optimized for use in dental and orthopaedic imaging and semiconductor inspection systems, it offers a 13 x 13 cm imaging area and produces up to 30 images per second. 18 July 2006

Solitons could power molecular electronics and artificial muscles
Solitary waves travelling through organic polymers that flex in response to light or electrical charge could power artificial muscles in robots and human mobility aids. 18 July 2006

New training tool for interventional cardiologists is a web-based teaching tool that consists of narrated, interactive case studies demonstrating the proper use of fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurement techniques, which physicians use during interventions to assess lesion severity. 17 July 2006

First patient treated with Elekta's new non-invasive radiotherapy system for brain tumours
The Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion from Swedish company Elekta has for the first time been used clinically to treat patients at Hôpital de la Timone (University Hospital La Timone) in Marseille, France. 17 July 2006

Global ophthalmology market to reach $13 billion by 2008
The market for ocular remedies is experiencing rapid growth, with overall global revenues expected to rise from $7.8 billion in 2004 to greater than $13 billion in 2008. 14 July 2006

Satellite imagery shows effects of changes in land use on human health
Analysis of satellite images of the earth can show how land use and land cover changes caused by human population growth and migration, and climate change affect human health and food security. 14 July 2006

GE opens development centre in India to study medical diagnostic products
GE Healthcare has opened its first Integrated Development Centre (IDC) at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore, India. The research at the hospital will help to bring new diagnostic imaging agents to market and address serious unmet medical needs in oncology, neurology and cardiology. 13 July 2006

Disparity in efficiency of healthcare financing in western countries
A new research paper from Siemens Financial Services, entitled Healthcare Affordability — The Global Challenge highlights the need for efficient use of capital in Western world healthcare systems. 13 July 2006 Francais  Espanol

The new Nikon EMCCD monochrome digital camera (DQC-FS)High-speed, high sensitivity camera for fluorescence imaging
The new Nikon EMCCD monochrome digital camera (DQC-FS) can capture exceptionally low-level fluorescence and TIRF images.  Its single-photon detection sensitivity is typical of more expensive cameras and it offers higher resolution than conventional intensified CCDs. 13 July 2006

3mensio Medical Imaging BV expands distribution network of 3viseon products
3mensio Medical Imaging BV has announced a series of signed partnerships for the distribution of 3viseon products in Benelux, Germany, Italy, and United Kingdom. 12 July 2006

Gemalto to supply healthcare smartcard system for in Algeria
Gemalto will be the sole provider for the first healthcare microprocessor cards in Algeria. Totalling 7 million cards, the main rollout will be in 2007. 12 July 2006

Microchip miniaturisation barrier could be broken by nanotechnology
The University of Bath is to lead an international project that could remove the electrical wiring in microchips, allowing denser circuitry, and result in computers with 500 times the power of present day technology. 10 July 2006

Varian oncology software benchmarked by UK Health Service
Varian Medical Systems’ medical oncology software for integrated chemotherapy e-prescribing and pharmacy dispensing has performed strongly in a benchmark test against a national specification by the UK’s National Health Service. 10 July 2006

Dräger introduces new family of ventilators
Dräger Medical has introduced a new family of ventilators designed for subacute care respiratory wards and home care, they inlude SyncPlus technology designed to automatically synchronize ventilation with spontaneous patient breathing. 9 July 2006

Miniature ultrasound device stimulates tooth regrowth
University of Alberta researchers have developed a miniaturised device that uses low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) to stimulate jaw growth and dental tissue healing in a non-invasive way. 9 July 2006

Bristol Hospital offers Sonablate prostate cancer treatment on fee-per-use basis
Southmead Hospital, part of North Bristol NHS Trust in England, will offer high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment of prostate cancer using the Sonablate 500 on a fee-per-use basis, joining 40 sites in the UK that can make the treatment more widely available. 5 July 2006

Mobile phone radiation affects brain cortex
Electromagnetic fields from mobile phones excite the brain cortex nearby, with potential implications for people with epilepsy or other neurological conditions, according to an article in the Annals of Neurology. 5 July 2006

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